HSBC, Lehman Brothers, Natixis, RBS and SG have been mandated to provide a debt package to support a €1.6bn takeover bid for
Debt is likely to be in the region of €1bn. Converteam is a French engineering group currently owned by
Bookrunners Lehman Brothers, JPMorgan and mandated lead arrangers Deutsche Bank, HVB, RBS and UBS are set to launch a senior syndication phase to subunderwriters of the €1.25bn package for Freenet. The debt supports
Bookrunner and mandated lead arranger
Senior facilities include a £40m seven year term loan A paying 275bp, a £50m eight-year term loan B bullet paying 325bp, a £50m nine-year bullet paying 375bp. In addition, a £15m seven-year revolver pays 275bp and £30m seven-year amortising capex facility pays 275bp.
A £35m 10-year mezzanine bullet paying 450bp cash and 550bp PIK was placed with institutional investors ahead of syndication. Leverage is 3.6x senior and 4.6x total.
Debt totals €550m made up of both senior and mezzanine facilities. Leverage is around 4x senior and 6x total. The auction attracted a wide range of bidders, though sources said ING and UniCredit were already close to the deal and were always likely to be on the winning mandate.